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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized with three awards for journalistic excellence.


"Bob Bernick's Notebook" and "Bryan Schott's Political B.S." were each honored in the online category for "Best Overall Blog." Schott also was recognized for "Best Individual Blog Post." was the only exclusively online publication to receive an award in the 2015 Utah contest.


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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 25, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Bomb Pop Day," celebrating the greatest of all the popsicles.

No public money for Phil Lyman's defense. Local prosecutors want the feds to butt out of the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff prosecutions. Utahns want Attorney General Sean Reyes to avoid taking campaign donations that might cause a conflict of interest.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 47
  • Days to the 2015 election - 131
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 208
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 215
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 216
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 370
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 503

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Taxpayers will not foot the bill for the legal defense of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4, KUER].
  2. The local prosecutors at the front of the investigation into former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff say they are fed up with the federal government meddling in the case [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. A new poll shows a vast majority of Utahns don't want Attorney General Sean Reyes taking donations from companies and individuals that could be under investigation by his office [Utah Policy].
  4. Oops! Rep. Jason Chaffetz and other members of the House Oversight Committee slam the Office of Personnel Management for contracting with a company with a board member, Owen Li, under federal investigation. Turns out that Owen Li is not the same Owen Li under investigation [Washington Post].
  5. Lawmakers consider changes to charter school funding [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Dr. David Patton, head of the Utah Department of Health, announces he's leaving that post at the end of July [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  7. Sen. Todd Weiler is exploring possible legislation to cut down on the number of thefts involving scrap metal [Fox 13].
  8. Minorities made up the biggest part of population growth in Salt Lake County last year [Tribune].
  9. The Utah Transit Authority is slowing down on moving toward distance-based fares [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. President Barack Obama shuts down a heckler while speaking about same-sex marriage at the White House [NPR].

On this day in history:

  • 1876 - U.S. Army Gen. George Custer and his force of 208 men were killed by Chief Sitting Bull's Sioux warriors at Little Big Horn in Montana
  • 1942 - U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower took command of the U.S. World War II forces in Europe.
  • 1950 - War broke out on the Korean peninsula as forces from the communist North invaded the South.
  • 1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision barring prayer in public schools.
  • 1973 - White House attorney John Dean told a U.S. Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.

Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Want Reyes to Avoid Questionable Donations
Maybe it's the lingering aftertaste from the whole John Swallow/Mark Shurtleff pay-for-play fiasco, but Utahns don't think Attorney General Sean Reyes should take donations from individuals or organizations that are involved in litigation being considered by his offi...

Religious Schools Fear Impact of Marriage Ruling
If the Supreme Court this month finds a "constitutional right" to gay marriage, religious schools like BYU say they may have to abandon their policies prohibiting homosexual behavior or risk losing their tax-exempt status....

Constitutional Defense Council Declines to Use Public Money to Pay Legal Fees for Embattled County Commissioner
Who says a public outcry can’t make a difference?...

Boehner Endorses Punishment for Meadows
Speaker John Boehner says he "supports" Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz's controversial decision to strip Rep. Mark Meadows of a subcommittee chairmanship for voting against the party....

Weekly Survey: Burbank's Ouster
Do you agree with Salt Lake City Mayor's decision to get rid of police chief Chris Burbank? How do you think his ouster will play in the upcoming mayoral election? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

The Passage of Trade Promotion Authority is Critical for Utah's Economy
The Salt Lake Chamber issued the following statement after congress authorized Trade Promotion Authority.“The passage of TPA will be critical for Utah’s economy, promoting exports, spurring economic growth, and creating jobs,” said Lane Beattie, President a...

Nominees Announced for 3rd District Court Vacancy
The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court.  ...

Hatch Praises Senate Passage of Bipartisan Trade Bill
Lawmakers passed the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities & Accountability Act (TPA 2015) on Wednesday. ...

Governor's Head of Department of Health to Step Down
After serving four years as executive director of the Department of Health, Dr. David Patton, will leave the administration to pursue opportunities in the private sector....

Hatch, Wyden Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan Health Bills
Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today applauded Committee passage of a number of bipartisan health bills.   With the passage of today’s 12 bills, the Finance Committee has processed a total of 36 bipartisa...

Lake Mead Dropping to 1075 is Early Warning Signal
Last night at 11:00 pm Lake Mead’s surface elevation dropped below 1075 feet, a new all-time low, and a level that will have substantial implications for the Bureau of Reclamation and the seven states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) sharing water from the Colorado River.&...

University of Utah Law Professor Cliff Rosky to receive Equality Award at Human Rights Campaign Annual Gala on June 27
Cliff Rosky remembers a clear moment when he knew he wanted to dedicate much of his career to fighting for the rights of LGBT people....

Hatch Statement at Finance Markup of Bipartisan Healthcare Bills
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a Committee markup considering twelve bipartisan healthcare bills:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Chaffetz offers best Internet sales-tax solution yet

Utah flag company removes Confederate flag merchandise

Utah health department chief, face of 'Healthy Utah,' stepping down

Utah lawmakers turn their sights toward charter-school funding

Census: Minorities provide 66% of S.L. County growth in 2014

Utah taxpayers off the hook, Gov. Herbert first to sign up for Lyman's legal defense fund

Provo-Orem is least American area in Utah, study says

Frustrated Utah prosecutors to feds: Take over Swallow, Shurtleff cases

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Overcoming adversity - do we let it define us, or refine us?

Op-ed: Potential state prison relocation is supported by myths

Lawmakers, educators begin discussing changes to Utah's charter school funding system

Utah won't put up money to defend commissioner's illegal ATV ride

Utah health director to step down

Angry prosecutor calls on feds to take over Shurtleff, Swallow cases

'A changing face of Utah': Census estimates show diversity among large millennial population


Orem council members voice frustrations over Andersen's information (Daily Herald)

American Fork leaders take action with a resolution to protect canyon watershed (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Parents: Take back your schools Teachers: Take back your profession (Standard-Examiner)

Interactive timeline of Weber diesel debate (Standard-Examiner)

Three panels tackling Weber air quality dilemmas (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Dems fold on trade (Politico)

Are Trump poll numbers too good to be true? (Politico)

Trade fight's winners and losers (The Hill)

Jim Webb Stands Up For People Who Memorialize The Confederacy (Daily Caller)

NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks (Reuters)

Louisiana governor joins Republican race for White House (EFE)

Senate Sends Fast-Track Free-Trade Bill to Obama for Signing (Bloomberg)

5 questions answered on the debate over 'fast track' and trade (USA Today)

California governor signs $115.4 billion budget (Reuters)

Giving Up on Gun Control (Slate)

Why hundreds of migrant families in long-term detention may get new home (Christian Science Monitor)


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